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Make plaster walls smooth for painting: Prestonnet

beissier, Blog, preparation

This article on how to make plaster walls smooth for painting is full of tips and insights of use to DIY and trade. Even if you don’t decorate for a living or don’t do your own decorating, after reading this account from Andrew, a keen DIYer otherwise known as Amateur Hour64 over on the Traditional Read More

Products for preparing kitchen cabinets – Lee Simone

abranet, Blog, festool, Flex, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone, Mirka, preparation

Yorkshire based kitchen and furniture painter, Lee Simone, shares his recommendations for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, based on extensive use. Since becoming a Traditional Painter I have picked up many a handy hint and recommendation for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, (plus priming and painting too), from the great pool of knowledge available from Read More

PRESTONETT Gras a lacquer

beissier, Blog, Martin Dunn, preparation

Martin Dunn, Traditional painter and Decorator in Staffordshire is well versed in the art of oil-based surfacer fillers. He was recently sent a tub of Prestonnet Gras a Lacquer to try by Aaron at Beissier.Beissier are Trade Corner members. Seeing as they trust me to give it a go, I decided to put my copy Read More

Linseed oil glazing putty, linseed paint

Adam Bermingham, Blog, lacq, Matthew Evans, period property, preparation

Linseed oil has been at the heart of the decorating world for centuries. Linseed oil is the soul of one of Europe’s longest established manufacturers, the core ingredient of most of their products. Linseed oil glazing putty is the traditional product for bedding in new glass in wooden windows, and creating an angled rebate for Read More

Flex sanders are better than they look!

Blog, preparation

Festool and Mirka seem to be the only gig in town for dust extraction sanding for decorating, but the guys producing Flex sanders would have something to say about that. Getting the difficult bits out the way first, I have heard several negative comments from the trade about Flex sanders, and their tools in general. Read More

Beissier fillers – little known in UK, but in Europe

beissier, Blog, preparation

Beissier fillers are big in Europe, especially in prep-crazy France, but surprise surprise, they are little known in UK. A few decorators around the trade forums will have heard of Prestonnet, but after searching the internet, I am not sure how many have given their products a concerted “go”. This could be down to poor Read More

Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen refurbished and painted – 2

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mark Nash, preparation, tikkurila

This is the second day of Mark Nash’s project: a 20 year old Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen refurbished and painted. Have decided to paint this kitchen in two parts for various reasons. Yesterday was a good day with a fair amount of preparation completed. A few rough bits needed a little more attention and sanding, Read More

Restore wooden bar stools – a long project

Adam Bermingham, Blog, cosmetic-repair, hand-painted furniture, preparation

In this post about how to restore wooden bar stools, Ireland’s Traditional Painter, Adam Bermingham of My Hand Painted Furniture revisits Castlerea & Mick & Peggy at The Cosy Bar. A furniture painter and no paint? You may remember Fireplace Refurbishment in Co. Roscommon a blog post from last year, well now I’m back for Read More

Filling big holes in plasterboard

Blog, preparation, Scot Hindley

Scot Hindley, Associate painter and Decorator in Cheshire had a good experience with Gyproc Plasterboard Patches, for filling big holes in plasterboard. Here are some big holes in plasterboard. There are a few ways to tackle this, but Scot had some of these patches. As Scot explains Inside the packet you get a number of Read More

Problem solving primer from Classidur

Blog, paint, preparation

It seems that the world and his wife now have a problem-solving primer for every occasion. But for as long as I have been in the trade, the market-leading brand has been Classidur, made by a Swiss company called Claessens. By 2003, their range of easy-to-apply problem-solving paints had been applied to over 1 BILLION Read More

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